By Gillian Gacuma | Photo by Greisha Padilla
MANILA– If you’re planning to go on an adventure yet feeling less ‘into challenges,’ then that’s when you call for a Pabebe Climb with your squad.
Located in Nasugbu, at the height of 630+ masl with Difficulty of 3/9 and trail class of 1-3, Mt. Talamitam is one of the well known minor climb destinations in Batangas province.
Cellphone signal is present along the trail and the summit however water sources aren’t. So bring at least 2-3 liters of water for your own consumption.
According to an article by Gideon Velasco, the mountain was named after the Talamitam trees that used to dominate its slopes. “Talamitam had lush vegetation and untarnished ecosystems. Today, it is a bald mountain.” he wrote. However, efforts to rehabilitate the peak is on its way.
The Jump off-point is located at Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga (KM83).
The mostly open trail is only a two hour ascend from the jump off-point with only 100 meters steep assault to the summit. I highly suggest that you begin your trek early in the morning to avoid the intense day heat.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for us when we went there. We began our trek at 7 in the morning, which is already late. So we had to endure the heat on our descend. So trek early.
Talahib or bush are present 20-30 minutes before reaching the summit, which might slow you down specially during rainy season.
At the summit, there are makeshift barns where you could rest or even take a nap, like what we did. From this point, you could also see Mt. Palay Palay or Pico de Loro and Mt. Batulao on the other side.
Guide fee in Mt. Talamitam is at Php 300 or USD 6.50 per day and registration fee is at Php 30 or a dollar per person.
Although dayhikeable, we opted to stay a night before our ascend (thinking we could start at 5am). After our trek, we went back to our campsite which is close to Layon Bato river and took a refreshing dip.
How to get there?
Public: Take a bus bound for Nasugbu from Coastal Mall or Buendia, Pasay for Php 120 or USD 2.50 then alight to Brgy. Aga in Sitio Bayabasan.
Private: Head to Tagaytay either via SLEX-ETON Greenfield -Sta. Rosa or via Cavite (2) Follow through the road to Batangas, until you reach KM. 83. Make a right turn at the small side street past the school and look for parking space (available; give a ‘tip’ to the locals after)
Sample dayhike itinerary from PinoyMountaineer™
0400 ETD Coastal Mall bus terminal to Nasugbu, Batangas
0700 ETA Registration at Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga (KM. 83)
0730 Start trek
0930 Arrival at summit
1030 Start descent
1200 Back at registration area, head to Tagaytay or Manila
1300 Lunch at Tagaytay
1430 Head back to Manila
1700 ETA Manila
*USD1 = Php 46.80 (March 2016)